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Six-year-old Know When To Run, in the wilderness for 22 months, continued his comeback campaign in grand style when he romped to a convincing all-the-way victory in the $30,000 Catalano Trucks The Clarke final at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
This was his tenth appearance in his current preparation, and Boyanup trainer-reinsman Justin Prentice is full of hope that he remains sound and realises his potential on his way to graduating to open-class company.
“There’s nothing mapped out for his future,” he said. “It’s just one week at a time, and every win is a bonus. I don’t know how far he will go, really. He’s got the ability to go a fair way.”
Know When To Run charged home from last the 250m to finish fifth behind Shockwave in the Golden Nugget in December 2019, but he suffered a badly damaged tendon which kept him on the sidelines for 22 months.
“He had 12 months off after hurting his leg and then it has been a long road back,” said Prentice.
Know When To Run was the $1.60 favourite from barrier one on Friday night and he was able to withstand an early challenge for the lead from $26 chance Doc Holliday, and after a reasonable lead time of 37.2sec. and modest opening quarters of 31.5sec. and 30sec. he dashed over the final 400m sections in 27.6sec. and 28sec. to win by two lengths from $11 chance Harley Zest, who had enjoyed a perfect sit behind him all the way.
He rated 1.56.5 over the 2130m and improved his record to 25 starts for nine wins, 11 placings and $102,951. He was purchased for $13,000 at the 2017 APG Perth yearling sale and is raced by the Trotsynd No. 11 syndicate.
The win gave Prentice his 17TH success in a group 3 feature event. “There wasn’t really a lot of early pressure,” said Prentice. “Once Chris (Lewis) dropped into the one-one position (with Classic Choice) I thought that the speed was out of the race, and I was confident of winning.”